When are we gonna get rid of the ‘Bucs’ and ‘Patriots’ tag?
Now that we’ve seen the first two games of the Big Ten Conference Championship series, the rest of the teams have a chance to get their footballs ready.
The top two teams in the conference (Illinois and Michigan) will face off in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday in Kansas City.
The Chicago Bulls are currently the only team in the entire Big Ten conference who doesn’t play their conference rival from Illinois, the Big Red, in the tournament.
They play their final two games against Purdue and Ohio State in Indianapolis.
Illinois is now 9-2 against the Buckeyes and 9-3 against Michigan.
The Big Ten Championship Game is set for noon on Saturday, Feb. 1, in Kansas CITY, Mo.
There will be a full-court press in the first half, and a full court press in overtime.
This is a rematch of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Final, which the Bulls defeated Ohio State.
The Bears lost the first game in the series on Feb. 9, 2013, to the Buckeye’s top-ranked team, Nebraska, 79-68.
The Buckeyes went on to win the next two games, 73-69 and 74-73, respectively.
The Bears lost both games on the road against Penn State and Michigan State.
This year, Illinois and Michigan are the only teams in both conferences who don’t play each other.
They played the rest a combined 13 times, including one-game conference finals in the past four years.
The only other game in this year’s Big Ten Championships series between the Chicago Bulls and the Big Blue is the Big Eight Tournament Championship, which takes place on Feb, 13.
The Chicago Bulls will face Michigan on Feb 14, and the Spartans will face Wisconsin on Feb 17.
The Bulls, the top-seeded team in both leagues, are looking for their seventh straight Big Ten title.
The team is coming off a 73-66 victory against Penn St., and they’ve won seven straight conference games, including three of the past five.
The Bulls are 4-1 in conference play.
The final game of the regular season will be the first of three playoff games, which will be played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Toronto, Ontario.
The last game will be on Friday, Feb 7, when the Bulls host Michigan State in a best-of-seven series.